Marlins Break Out The Brooms Against Mets

Willie Bee

Sunday, April 9, 2017 6:57 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017 6:57 PM UTC

With their offense sputtering in the first two games of the set, the New York Mets are big chalk on the MLB odds to break their shorts skid Sunday against the Miami Marlins.

Miami Marlins vs N.Y. Mets

Are you ready for some Sunday Night Baseball? The New York Mets better be ready for it or they'll get broomed right out of their own stadium by the NL East leading Miami Marlins.

ESPN's first Sunday prime-time contest of the season gets underway a little past 8 PM (ET), and the sports books are in agreement that the Mets should avoid being swept. The initial mound matchup has Miami's Edinson Volquez pitted opposite New York's Noah Syndergaard, 5Dimes offering the Mets for -175 with 7 for the total.

Miami scored early and often to take Friday's series opener, 7-2, as slight road favorites on the MLB odds. The Marlins took the early lead again Saturday and never looked back in an 8-1 triumph, both games skipping past 7½-8 run totals after the 'under' cashed in six of 10 games between the two on this field last year.


Pitchers Have Good Recent Histories Against Opponents

Both hurlers were tabbed Opening Day starters by their teams, and justified the honor by pitching shutout baseball yet didn't figure in the decisions. Volquez tossed five scoreless frames in Washington and left with the lead, but the Miami bullpen couldn't make it hold up in a 4-2 loss to the Nationals. He beat the Mets a year ago in KC during a rematch of their 2015 World Series, the Dominican recording two no-decisions in that Fall Classic though the Royals won both games, including the decisive Game 5.

Syndergaard blanked the Braves for six frames on Monday before being pushed off the mound by a blister. New York exploded for a big inning after he left to grab the dubya. The big Texan squared off against the Fish three times last season, his only career appearances so far, and won twice with a no-decision while toiling a total of 20 innings and striking out 29 while allowing only four runs.


Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Veteran arbiter Tony Randazzo is in line to have the dish for the series finale, the Chicago native second in command on Gerry Davis' crew and set to call balls and strikes for a second time this season. Randazzo worked the plate this past Wednesday in Minnesota where the Twins walloped the Royals, 9-1, to send the contest past an 8½ run total. His last four dish assignments at Citi Field split the totals with the visitors winning each time.

All systems appear to be go as far as the weather is concerned. Afternoon sun will give way to a few clouds, bit no rain appears in the works with the contest played for the most part in the low-50s with a southerly breeze in the 8-10 mph range (out to center). All systems are not go with my free baseball picks, unless you've been fading them. With New York bats so quiet right now, I'm backing the Fish.

Free MLB Pick: Marlins +168Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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